Here is a book that speaks to all booklovers. We band of brothers and sisters who have experienced the special joys and satisfaction of browsing the shelves of many a bookstore in search of those books that have tickled our fancies, piqued our curiosity, and commanded our interest.
The author offers an fascinating view into the history and evolution of books and bookstores throughout the world. He also shares with the reader his development from grade school into a passionate booklover who later came to work in a variety of bookstores in California from the 1970s and later as a sales representative for a publishing house (in which capacity, he travelled far and wide to many bookstores to promote books).
So many times in reading this book, I couldn't help but agree with many of the author's comments and observations about books, independent bookstores (which I have frequented since the 1990s), the chain bookstores (such as BORDERS, which I confess I developed a deep and abiding affection and love for in the 10 years I patronized them in my adopted city), the impact of the Internet on the market for books, and the state of retail bookselling and publishing today. I strongly urge all booklovers to read this book. You will know that you are part of a unique community the world over of people who love and cherish books for the enrichment they bring to our everyday lives.